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2017 NW STEM Recipient

2017 NW STEM Award Winner - Keith Juelfs

Kevin Juelfs

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and Kemin Industries have announced the recipients of the 2017 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award sponsored by Kemin Industries. 

The Northwest STEM Region’s awardee Keith Juelfs teaches fifth grade at Morningside Elementary STEM School in Sioux City. Juelfs trains his entire district to use “Engineering is Elementary,” on the 2017-18 STEM Scale-Up Program menu, and has been instrumental in implementing the ExSTEMtion Program at his school. He offers various STEM opportunities to his students; including conducting Skype sessions with NASA engineers; providing Sioux City Museum interactive STEM kits; participating in local Kid Wind festivals; and meeting and conversing with STEM professionals on local and national levels. Juelfs focuses on inquiry-based, hands-on learning in the classroom and is passionate about the success of his students. 

This award recognizes and celebrates one teacher from each of the six STEM regions who goes above and beyond to increase their student’s interest in STEM. Each recipient is recognized for their dedication in representing I.O.W.A.; by being Innovative in their methods, Outstanding in their passion for education, Worldly in the way they help students see that STEM is all around them, and Academic through engaging students in the classroom to prepare them for higher education and high-demand careers. 

Each recipient was selected by a panel of judges after being nominated for the award by a colleague, school administrator, parent, student or community member and completing an application showcasing their contributions to STEM education. Each recipient will receive $1,500 for personal use and another $1,500 for their classroom.

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